He was approximately 24 years old and had been in the Navy for just over eight months.
Awards & Memorials
Alternate Spellings of NameOn some casualty lists, he is listed as "James Heisler"
References and Sources Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, Erie, Pennsylvania for the week ending January 9, 1864
"List of men transfered to the U.S.S. Tecumseh from the receiving ship North Carolina, April, 1864" Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion: Series I, Volume 21 West Gulf Blockading Squadron from January 1 to December 31, 1864 (1906)
 "Navy Gazette: List of Deaths in the Navy of the United States, reported to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, during the week ending December 3d, 1864." Army and Navy Journal, 10 Dec. 1864, p. 253.
 Officers and Enlisted Men who Died in the Active Service of the U.S. Navy 1776-1885